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Rod Maker Tom Morgan Shared This Secret in a 2014 Interview

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Here’s a small secret from Tom Morgan we can all learn from.

Tom Morgan, the legendary fly-rod maker had a surprising secret before he passed away June 12.

He hadn’t held a fishing rod since 1995 because of multiple sclerosis.

Over the past two decades, Tom has created the legendary Tom Morgan Rodsmiths fly-fishing rods—without laying a finger on them.

At his home in Bozeman, Mont., Tom’s wife, Gerri Carlson, has been his hands and fingers since he was diagnosed with MS in the early 1990s.

What made Tom’s rods so special? He ignored the popular pursuit of distance casting. Instead, he focused on soft-action rods.

Tom’s first foray into fly rod making came in 1973, when he owned and ran R.L. Winston Rod Co. That lasted through 1991.

In 1996, he launched Tom Morgan Rodsmiths with Gerri. They sold the company earlier this year.

For 21 years, Tom was able to keep his fly fishing passion alive, even though he couldn’t even pick up the gear.

However, his greatest secret may be just knowing his rods were bringing joy to thousands, brought joy to him.

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Rod Maker Tom Morgan Shared This Secret in a 2014 Interview